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Is it possible for me to have underactive thyroid gland problem?

Is it possible for me to have underactive thyroid gland problem?

It is possible but: It is possible for anybody to have underactive thyroid problem but why you ask this question. If you have symptoms or sus[pect you may have it check with your doctor and it can be diagnosed by a blood test for thyroid hormones and TSH which is excreted by pituatary and is a useful test to diagnose thyroid disorders. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Would an underactive thyroid gland cause sleep spnea?

Would an underactive thyroid gland cause sleep spnea?

Partially: Sleep apnea comes from a closure of the airway, hypothyroid can cause weight gain which worsens the apnea. Theoretically a large thyroid can press on the trachea as well. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland?

What are symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland?

Hypothyroid: Typically low energy and possibly weight gain, but - beware - most patients with hypothyroidism have to get really bad before they notice the symptoms, blood testing can check it much earlier. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a child with a underactive thyroid gland?

What are the symptoms of a child with a underactive thyroid gland?

Lab test essential: A child with hypoactive thyroid may have constipation, delayed growth, poor cognitive skills, large tongue etc. However, clinical signs and symptoms are not a good indicator of thyroid function. If there is any doubt, easily available and not too expensive tests, e.g., TSH and free T4 are essential for a proper work-up. ...Read more

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Does a TSH level of 0.8 indicate an overactive or underactive thyroid gland?

Does a TSH level of 0.8 indicate an overactive or underactive thyroid gland?

TSH: Cant tell without the total T4 or free t4. Low TSH is usually a sign of hyper thyroidism if your thyroid is suppressing TSH production due to over secretion of thyroid hormone. Rarely the brain signal from pituitary can be low leading to what's called "central" hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an underactive thyroid gland if i'm losing weight?

How to tell if I have an underactive thyroid gland if i'm losing weight?

No: Weight loss is generally seen as a result of an overactive thyroid gland. Individuals with an underactive thyroid usually have problems with weight gain and difficulty losing weight. ...Read more

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What would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

What would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

"BEST" treatment : Means really what is the optimal treatent. What is the balance that is needed between drugs, therapy, exercise and surgery for each specific area that may be affected by the ra. Overall lab work is often used to follow the effects of certain disease modifynh drugs or dmards but these are clicial paths that have many twists and turns. This is why the field of rheumatology and when needed orthopedic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism? I've had a history of JRA- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism? I've had a history of JRA- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Hypothyroid: The typical symptoms are constipation, poor hair and nail growth, fatigue and temperature imbalance ( intolerant of the cold) but you should ask your doctor to measure your blood ...Read more

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I am 60 plus & suffer from hypothyroidism, low blood pressure, Rheumatoid arthritis, Irritable bowl syndrome. what should I do. ?

I am 60 plus & suffer from hypothyroidism, low blood pressure, Rheumatoid  arthritis, Irritable bowl syndrome. what should I do.
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Go see your GP: Since you live in India, go see your GP can most likely handle your general issues and refer as appropriate to specialists like Rheumatologist, Gastroenterologist, etc. Hypothyroidism is pretty easy to treat. Low blood pressure is a bit trickier and may need Cardiologist input if feeling lightheaded, dizzy, faint or weak. ...Read more

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I think my glands are swollen on the right side of my neck. It seems to flair up often. Can it be related to my underactive thyroid?

Unlikely : By "glands", i assume you mean lymph nodes. Hypothyroidism does not cause lymph node enlargement, but toothaches, colds, allergies - any head, neck or upper chest infection or inflammation can. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more